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Summer Program Highlight: Inspire Kids Montessori

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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:09 am | Updated: 2:45 pm, Fri Nov 29, 2013.

Inspire Kids Montessori

4425 E. Agave Road, Building 8, Suite 144

As a Montessori school, Inspire Kids aims to truly inspire kids to reach their potential while celebrating and respecting their own uniqueness, creativity and independence.

In its third year of serving students from 18 months to 6 years old, Inspire Kids also offers two, four-week sessions with the second starting soon.

“This summer we are doing oceans,” said owner Diana Darmawaskita, of the program theme. “They just love it, we study animals and incorporate arts and crafts and cooking.”

With the second session starting on Monday, July 1, and a move to a new, bigger location at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 11, in late July, the Montessori school prides itself on small class sizes. Inspire Kids’ summer session currently has a class open for 3-to 5-year-old students.

To register for the second session, call (480) 659-9402. For more information, visit


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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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